Robert Seso

Lives in Germany Munich, Germany
Joined on Jan 28, 2005

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Robert Seso: What problem does this lens solve and why would anyone want to buy a $700 manual focus lens when there are three excellent autofocus lenses with the same or very similar focal distance and aperture available for the X mount for much less money (Fuji 35mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F2.0, Viltrox/Tokina 33mm F1.4)? How usable is F1.2 in practice without autofocus when shooting anything but static subjects from a tripod? It might be good for astrophotographers, but then again, there are other excellent and much cheaper MF alternatives for that use case (Samyang/Rokinon for example).

@John Gellings: the main reason businesses fail is because the market does not need and/or is not willing to pay for their products or services. The sole purpose of a business is to make money, not to provide ‘choice’. So it’s very simple, if this lens does not solve a specific problem better than the competition or justify its price by adding value in some other way - it won’t sell well and will disappear from the market very soon. Speaking of choice, there is already a large choice of excellent fully manual, fast and cheap (some are <$100) 35mm lenses for the X mount from Samyang, Meike, TTartisan and 7Artisans (to name a few) and if the only advantage of this $700 lens is that it can transfer the selected aperture value to the camera - it’ll be a tough game for it.

Link | Posted on Jul 20, 2021 at 22:30 UTC
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Robert Seso: What problem does this lens solve and why would anyone want to buy a $700 manual focus lens when there are three excellent autofocus lenses with the same or very similar focal distance and aperture available for the X mount for much less money (Fuji 35mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F2.0, Viltrox/Tokina 33mm F1.4)? How usable is F1.2 in practice without autofocus when shooting anything but static subjects from a tripod? It might be good for astrophotographers, but then again, there are other excellent and much cheaper MF alternatives for that use case (Samyang/Rokinon for example).

Any autofocus lens can also be used in manual focus mode for those shooting occasions where someone explicitly wants or must shoot in MF. Both Fuji 35mm lenses are lighter than this lens, have great build and optical quality, are cheaper, and the F2 Version is even weather sealed. In terms of image quality, the Fuji APSC sensor is the limiting factor here and the differences - if any - will be neither noticeable in practice, nor able to justify the $700 price tag of this lens. So I still don’t see what problem is Cosina trying to solve with this lens and who is the target audience for it at this price point, but to each their own.

Link | Posted on Jul 17, 2021 at 08:56 UTC

What problem does this lens solve and why would anyone want to buy a $700 manual focus lens when there are three excellent autofocus lenses with the same or very similar focal distance and aperture available for the X mount for much less money (Fuji 35mm F1.4, Fuji 35mm F2.0, Viltrox/Tokina 33mm F1.4)? How usable is F1.2 in practice without autofocus when shooting anything but static subjects from a tripod? It might be good for astrophotographers, but then again, there are other excellent and much cheaper MF alternatives for that use case (Samyang/Rokinon for example).

Link | Posted on Jul 16, 2021 at 21:10 UTC as 9th comment | 13 replies
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RvEL: Looks like an impressive lens, also for astro photography. Is there any reason to take the 23f2 over this one? In other words, what's the benefit of a 35mm equivalent lens to a 27mm?

Also, the best investment for astro is a star tracker like iOptron SkyGuider Pro or Skywatcher Star Adventurer, they cost half the price of this new Fuji lens and will enable you to also use slower lenses for your astro photography.

Link | Posted on Apr 15, 2021 at 15:13 UTC

Unfortunately, it requires registration to even try it out, so no, I won’t even bother.

Link | Posted on Mar 1, 2021 at 18:24 UTC as 76th comment | 9 replies
On article Fujifilm X-T20 Review (391 comments in total)

"The camera's Auto ISO system isn't focal length aware" - this is not true, it is. Quote from the camera manual at http://fujifilm-dsc.com/en/manual/x-t20/menu_shooting/shooting_setting/index.html#iso: "If AUTO is selected for MIN. SHUTTER SPEED, the camera will automatically choose a minimum shutter speed approximately equal to the inverse of the lens’ focal length"

Link | Posted on Mar 21, 2017 at 16:21 UTC as 98th comment | 8 replies
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